“My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho” Was Actually Supposed To Star Jun Ji Hyun, Not Shin Min Ah

Actors always have that one work which can be considered their life’s piece. These are works where the actor shows an excellent performance and are well received by the public. What would these hits be like if the actor that the director originally wanted to cast accepted the offer?

After more than 10 years since its final broadcast, My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho still retains its popularity and always becomes a topic of discussion whenever it is mentioned. Following the drama’s great success, the leading actors Lee Seung Gi and Shin Min Ah became more well-known both in Korea and internationally. As for Shin Min Ah, My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho is definitely a memorable milestone in her acting career. However, before Shin Min Ah, another actress was initially considered to take on the part of Gumiho

Released in 2010, My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho is a romantic comedy drama about a responsible young man named Cha Dae Woong (Lee Seung Gi) and a beautiful, playful nine-tailed fox Gumiho (Shin Min Ah). Soon after it was broadcast, the drama created a stir across Asia because of its unique and interesting storyline. The image of a pretty and adorable Gumiho who likes to eat, flawlessly portrayed by Shin Min Ah has left a strong impression on the audience and become an iconic image in the history of Korean dramas. 

The female lead role of My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho was originally offered to Jun Ji Hyun, but she turned it down and eventually got replaced by Shin Min Ah.

Both Jun Ji Hyun and Shin Min Ah are two top actresses of Korea’s entertainment industry. If Shin Min Ah is famous for her signature lovely dimples and sweet smile, Jun Ji Hyun stands out for her classy and elegant aura. This makes many viewers curious, what if Jeon Ji Hyun had accepted to play Gumiho, how different would her portrayal of the character be from Shin Min Ah’s? 

What’s even more surprising is that Jun Ji Hyun initially rejected the role of Cheon Song Yi in the 2013 hit My Love From The Star. Thanks to the producer’s perseverance, Jun Ji Hyun then agreed to star in the drama, marking her comeback to the small screen after 14 years and contributing to the amazing success of My Love From The Star.



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